Mem­phis sur­prises UCLA

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MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Ri­ley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs, and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth­down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds in Mem­phis' 48-45 vic­tory over No. 25 UCLA.

Fran­cis' breakup with 56 sec­onds left pre­vented an­other fourth-quar­ter come­back by Bru­ins quar­ter­back Josh Rosen. He was 34 of 56 for 463 yards and four TDs.

But un­like in the Bru­ins' opener when Rosen led a fourthquar­ter come­back to beat Texas A&M, the Mem­phis de­fense stiff­ened on UCLA's fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

Ferguson com­pleted 23 of 38 passes for Mem­phis (2-0), and his con­nec­tions with wide re­ceiver An­thony Miller meant the dif­fer­ence. Miller caught nine passes for 185 yards and a pair of touch­downs.

UCLA (2-1) took a 45-41 lead early in the fourth quar­ter on a 22-yard pass from Rosen to Austin Roberts with 11:51 left. But Mem­phis an­swered with a four-play, 81-yard drive — the fi­nal 3 com­ing on a pass from Ferguson to Phil May­hue with 9:56 left.

No. 2 Ok­la­homa 56, Tu­lane 14

NOR­MAN, Okla. — Baker May­field passed for 331 yards and four touch­downs, and Ok­la­homa fol­lowed its im­pres­sive vic­tory at Ohio State with a win over Tu­lane.

CeeDee Lamb caught four passes for 131 yards and two touch­downs be­fore he was ejected for tar­get­ing on a block in the se­cond quar­ter. Mar­quise Brown had ca­reer highs of six catches for 155 yards, in­clud­ing an 87-yard touch­down grab in the fourth quar­ter for the Soon­ers (3-0).

The Soon­ers and Green Wave were tied at 14 in the se­cond quar­ter be­fore Ok­la­homa's Parnell Mot­ley re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 77 yards for a touch­down to turn the mo­men­tum for good. Ok­la­homa ex­tended its na­tion-lead­ing win­ning streak to 13 games.

Tu­lane (1-2) scored on its first two drives and never scored again. Don­trell Hil­liard ran for 104 yards and a touch­down to sur­pass 2,000 yards rush­ing in his ca­reer for the Green Wave.

No. 5 Penn State 56, Georgia State 0

STATE COL­LEGE, Pa. — Trace McSorley threw a Beaver Sta­dium-record 85-yard touch­down pass to Saquon Barkley for one of his four scor­ing strikes and also ran for a touch­down for Penn State.

A week af­ter a shaky start against Pitts­burgh, McSorley bounced back in a rare prime-time game against a non-Power Five school. He com­pleted 14 of 19 passes for 258 yards in the first half to help Penn State (3-0) take a 35-0 lead.

McSorley fin­ished 18 of 23 for 309 yards. Barkley had 226 all-pur­pose yards and wasn't fazed by an awk­ward hit that sent him la­bor­ing to the side­line in the se­cond quar­ter.

Conner Man­ning com­pleted 16 of 29 passes for 133 yards for Georgia State (0-2) with three in­ter­cep­tions. The Pan­thers also lost two fum­bles and Penn State turned all five turnovers into touch­downs.

No. 7 Michi­gan 29, Air Force 13

ANN AR­BOR, Mich. — Dono­van Peo­ples-Jones re­turned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, help­ing Michi­gan over­come of­fen­sive strug­gles.

The Wolver­ines (3-0) didn't lead by more than three points un­til Peo­ples-Jones' touch­down early in the third quar­ter.

The Fal­cons (1-1) failed to con­vert a pass un­til Arion Worth­man threw a short pass to Ron­ald Cleve­land and the re­ceiver turned it into a 64-yard touch­down play with 11:54 left in the quar­ter that pulled the ser­vice academy within three points again.

Nordin kicked two more field goals, late in the third and early in the fourth, to share a sin­gle-game school mark with three play­ers.

Michi­gan's Wil­ton Speight was 14 of 23 for 169 yards, miss­ing some tar­gets and hav­ing some passes dropped. Ty Isaac ran for 89 yards on 16 car­ries.

No. 8 Ohio State 38, Army 7

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs and Ohio State re­bounded from a de­flat­ing loss to rout Army.

Dob­bins broke away for an elec­tri­fy­ing 52-yard touch­down run to open the se­cond half af­ter romp­ing for 22 yards on the pre­vi­ous play, ex­tend­ing Ohio State's 17-7 half­time lead. The Buck­eyes (2-1) then got touch­downs on two of their next three drives to pull away.

J.T. Bar­rett, the tar­get this week of crit­ics who sug­gested he should be benched af­ter the 31=16 home loss to Ok­la­homa, was 25 for 33 for 270 yards and two touch­downs.

He looked slick on a drive in the third quar­ter when he hit Mar­cus Baugh for 31 yards, then threw a per­fect 20-yard scor­ing strike on a post route to Terry McLau­rin in the end zone. That score gave him 106 touch­downs re­spon­si­ble for in his ca­reer, ty­ing him for the Big Ten ca­reer lead with for­mer Pur­due star Drew Brees. Bar­rett broke the record on the next pos­ses­sion with a 9-yard scor­ing pass to Austin Mack.

The out­manned Black Knights dropped to 2-1.

No. 9 Ok­la­homa State 59, Pitts­burgh 21

PITTS­BURGH — Ma­son Ru­dolph threw five touch­down passes, all in the first half, for Ok­la­homa State.

Ru­dolph com­pleted 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with the Cow­boys (3-0) in full com­mand. He did throw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son, ending a streak of 216 passes with­out a pick dat­ing to last sea­son. It was the long­est ac­tive streak in the FBS.

Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touch­downs. James Washington added 124 yards re­ceiv­ing. Mar­cell Ate­man (109) and Dil­lon Stoner (100) also reached the 100-yard re­ceiv­ing mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard re­ceivers in a game. The Cow­boys did it de­spite miss­ing LSU trans­fer Ty­ron John­son, sus­pended for the game for a vi­o­la­tion of team rules.

The Cow­boys reached the end zone on each of their first seven pos­ses­sions, in­clud­ing a pair of touch­down runs by Jus­tice Hill. Ok­la­homa State con­verted all nine of its third downs in the open­ing half.

Pitt dropped to 1-2.

No. 10 Wis­con­sin 40, BYU 6

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Alex Horni­brook threw for 256 yards and four touch­downs for Wis­con­sin.

The Badgers (3-0) met lit­tle re­sis­tance as they put the game away in the first half and led 24-6 at half­time.

Horni­brook missed on only one pass all day. He com­pleted 10 of 11 passes in the first half for 149 yards and two touch­downs. The se­cond half was more of the same as he hit on all eight at­tempts. The sopho­more put up ca­reer highs in pass­ing yards, pass­ing touch­downs and com­ple­tions.

Jonathan Tay­lor gave the BYU de­fense fits as he re­peat­edly sidestepped de­fend­ers and fin­ished runs with power. The fresh­man run­ning back gained 128 yards and scored once on 18 rushes.

No. 16 Vir­ginia Tech 64, East Cen­tral 17

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Red­shirt fresh­man Josh Jack­son threw for 372 yards and five touch­downs — three to Cam Phillips — for Vir­ginia Tech.

Phillips had a pro­gram-record 14 catches for 189 yards to help the Hok­ies im­prove to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. He punc­tu­ated his day with a per­fectly ex­e­cuted route that left him wide open, and Jack­son hit him in stride for a 45-yard score with 7:46 left in the third quar­ter.

Both Jack­son and Phillips called it a day be­fore the fourth, as Vir­ginia Tech roared out of a slow first-quar­ter start by scor­ing 57 straight points to turn this into a rout. That in­cluded 34 points and four TD throws by Jack­son in the third quar­ter alone.

Gard­ner Min­shew threw for two scores for the Pi­rates (0-3).

No. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38-yard catch be­tween four de­fend­ers in the end zone on the last play of the first half, fi­nally putting TCU ahead to stay against up­set-minded SMU.

The Mus­tangs (2-1) led 19-7 be­fore Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the fi­nal 7 1/2 min­utes of the se­cond quar­ter. The last was Reagor's catch in a crowd of Mus­tangs.

No. 21 Washington State 52, Ore­gon State 23

PULL­MAN, Wash. — Luke Falk threw six touch­down passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and Washington State beat Ore­gon State for its fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory over the Beavers.

(Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP)

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